Gardens Of An Artist

Claude monet was one of the most important painters of the 19th and 20th centuries. An exhibition of his works opened in İstanbul on october 9. ‘monet’s garden’, which runs at Sabanci University’s Sakıp Sabancı museum (ssm) through january 6, focuses on works from the last 30 years of the artist’s life.

A leading figure in the Impressionist movement, Monet was one of the artist flâneurs described by French writer, poet and critic Charles Baudelaire as painters of modern life. Bringing painting on canvas out of the studio and into society and the life of the city in particular, flâneur painting shaped Impressionism. Idlers who spent their days strolling about, the flâneurs observed their surroundings and then conveyed those observations on canvas. The exhibition at SSM features Monet’s garden paintings, which date mainly from the last period of his life.

Claude Monet’s friendship with August Renoir, another prominent painter of the period, is well-known. One of Monet’s best known works is a portrait of Renoir, and portraits of Monet and his wife Camille signed by Renoir are also part of the exhibition.